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Social studies teacher and cross country coach Carly Brown was recently named Apex High School’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. In addition, special education teacher and Project Unify advisor, Ellen Kroeger, was named Apex HS’s 2015 Teacher Assistant of the Year.
While teaching her fourth period class, administrators, CougarTV, and the Apex mascot all came in to surprise Ms. Brown. In an interview with CougarTV, she said, “It feels amazing. It feels humbling. It’s great to know that the Apex community is receptive and supportive.” She goes on to mention how she is passionate about what she teaches and how she tries to instill that passion and drive into her students. Brown, who is also the Student Council advisor expressed her gratitude saying, “Thank you Apex students, teachers, and everybody. You guys are awesome and I am happy to serve you guys.” Brown will begin compiling a portfolio to be entered to win the Wake County Teacher of the Year and will be invited to a banquet in May where the winner will be announced.
Brown has been teaching at Apex since 2012, and in that time she has taught a variety of classes including AP Psychology, law and justice, psychology and sociology, and multiple American history courses. After graduating from Broughton High School in 2006, Brown went onto North Carolina State University on as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She received a History BA, Teaching Option in 2010, with concentrations in Civil Right’s Studies and Women’s History. Just two years later, Brown obtained her graduate degree of Mastery of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in New Literacies and Global Learning - Secondary Social Studies. According to her website she is a “wolfpack fanatic,” who thinks Carolina blue is “tacky”, and is a proud alumna of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority.
One of the things that makes Brown such a great teacher is how relatable she is. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, hiking, Netflix, and looking up videos of otters.
All of us at Legacy would like to congratulate Ms. Carly Brown and Ms. Ellen Kroeger on their great achievements.